R.L. Stine's writing career began at the age of 9 when he wrote stories and jokes on an old typewriter and handed them out at school. He is now the author of more than 100 books and has sold more than 400 million copies, making him one of the best-selling children's book authors in history. He has won numerous awards and honors, including being a three-time winner of both the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award and the Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Award for Best Book, the 2007 Thriller Writers of America Silver Bullet Award and a Children's Choices Award. Among his best known writings are the Goosebumps series (begun in 1992) and named the world's best-selling book series of all time in the 2003 Guinness Book of World Records; the Rotten School series and the Goosebumps HorrorLand series. The latest book in that series is "The Scream of the Haunted Mask" (Scholastic, August 2008). He lives in New York City.
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